Cramp Bark

Viburnum Opulus (USA Origin) Cramps Endometriosis / Miscarriage / Relaxant
Weight200g (7.05 oz.) Dried Herb

Cramp bark derives its name from its ability to alleviate cramps, especially those associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This herb has a rich history in Native American herbalism and was used by the Penobscot Tribe of Maine to treat a variety of ailments such as gout, swollen glands, back pain, arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Scientific studies show that Cramp Bark can thwart smooth muscle spasms, even in the case of severe cramping accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and chills. In a recent animal model study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Cramp Bark fruit extracts were used to test if the herb could improve endometriosis. The results showed that Viburnum Opulus berries' chlorogenic acid content, among other phenolic compounds, accounted for the herb's beneficial effects on endometriosis. Cramp bark has been utilised as a spasmolytic during pregnancy by Native American tribes, and it is still a top choice for herbalists in the UK to prevent miscarriage. The herb's active substances, including scopoletin and aesculetin, have antispasmodic effects on the uterus. Midwives utilise Cramp Bark during an array of pregnancy and post-labour stages, owing to its antispasmodic, relaxant, sedative, and astringent properties. Cramp Bark is undeniably an intriguing herb with numerous potential benefits. Cramp Bark holds significance as a national symbol of Ukraine, commonly known as Kalyna, and is prominently featured in various forms of artistic expression, songs, and folklore. According to legend, Kalyna was revered as a Goddess during the creation of the universe. Even today, the "Kalyna" plant remains a crucial component of Ukrainian culture. Although it originated here in England, it is growing more in the USA's ample land and we sourced ours from there. 

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The Berries of Viburnum Opulus - Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark Supporting Women's Health in Multiple Ways

Maine USA where Penobscot Tribe Utilised Cramp Bark for Generations

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  • Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) Dried Herb.
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free. 
  • Tea: Add 1 - 2 teaspoons of dried Cramp Bark to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 15 - 20 minutes. Drink the tea up to 2 - 3 times daily. Or as directed by your Herbalist.
  • Topical: You can also use Cramp Bark in a poultice or salve. Apply it directly to the affected area to relieve muscle tension.

Warning: Not suitable if you're sensitive to aspirin. Those sensitive to aspirin could also be sensitive to Cramp Bark. Start low.. Large amounts of Cramp Bark may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

  • Brand: Ancient Purity.
  • Size: 200g (7.05 oz.).
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 years.
  • Storage: Keep in a cool dry place at temperature from 2-25°C. Keep out of reach of children.

Cramp Bark Lowdown

Cramp Bark is a herbal remedy made from the bark of the Viburnum opulus tree, also known as the guelder rose bush. It is often used to ease menstrual cramps, as well as other types of cramping or spasms in the body. Cramp Bark is thought to work by relaxing the muscles and reducing inflammation. It may also have a mild sedative effect, helping to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. As with any herbal remedy, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before using Cramp Bark, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition or are taking medications.

Cramp Bark Fomentation


  • 1/4 Cup Ancient Purity Cramp Bark.
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancient Purity Ginger Powder.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Powder.
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water.


  • First, add the Cramp Bark, the ginger powder, and cayenne to a pan filled with 2 cups of filtered water.
  • Simmer the herbs in water for at least 20 minutes. Keep the pan covered while simmering. Strain.
  • Let cool until you can touch the tea comfortably, but it is still warm.
  • Soak a washcloth in the mixture. Wring out the cloth so that it is no longer dripping but not absolutely dry. Cover the affected area with the cloth.
  • You may want to put another towel or cloth over this smaller cloth to protect the skin from the hot water bottle. Place a hot water bottle over the cloth. Cover with a towel.
  • Let this fomentation sit for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes I leave mine on for up to an hour. It feels so good!
Besides Cramp Bark you can also add some Ancient Purity Ginger Powder and cayenne to this mix. Both of these herbs stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation. This combination has helped me through many painful situations!

Cramp Bark Chai


  • 1 tablespoon of Ancient Purity Cramp Bark.
  • 2 tablespoons of ginger root.
  • 2 tablespoons of dried orange peel.
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon chips.
  • 1 teaspoon of peppercorns.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hulled cardamom or two crushed cardamom pods.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cloves (about 3-5 cloves).
  • 1.5 quarts of filtered water.
  • optional: Almond Milk & Longan Honey (Available @AncientPurity).


  • Place all the ingredients in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat.
  • Cover and simmer for one hour.
  • Strain.
  • Add Almond Milk & Longan Honey if desired.
This Cramp Bark chai is a nice blend for those with pain from muscle tension. It can help women with menstrual cramps as well. The chai spices and the Cramp Bark all aid to alleviate tension and, therefore, aches associated with menstrual cramps.

Menstrual Cramp Bark Tincture


  • 1 part raspberry leaf.
  • 1 part skullcap.
  • 1 part Ancient Purity Cramp Bark.
  • 100 proof vodka or brandy.

NOTE: I let my tinctures age at least 6 weeks; if you are macerating dry herbs and roots, you can macerate even longer, max 8 months. An alcohol-based tincture will last many years. Using a standard-sized dropper bottle, adult dosages are typically 30 to 60 drops in a little filtered water, taken three times a day.

WARNING: Do not take this when pregnant; Do not take before driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing anything considered dangerous - it can make you sleepy.


  • Remove the fresh or dried herbs off of the stalks. If using freshly dug roots, wash and scrub them of dirt.
  • Chop fresh herbs and grind dried herbs to increase the surface area for the maceration (if purchasing from a store, no need to grind further).
  • Place herbs into a clean, dry jar with a wide mouth.
  • Fill jar ½ full of herbs.
  • Pour high proof alcohol (vodka or brandy) over the herbs until they are completely covered and there is at least a ¼ of the jar above herbs.
  • Jar should be ¾ full of liquid and herbs. Give it a good shake. Dry herbs may absorb the liquid, so check and add alcohol as needed.
  • Cover tightly with a lid and place the jar in a dark cupboard and allow to soak or macerate for a minimum 6 weeks.
  • During this time period, give the jar a shake every 2-3 days. Keep an eye on the alcohol level to ensure all your herbs are still covered
  • Once macerating is complete, layer cheesecloth a few times over top of a clean bowl and secure with rubber band if possible.
  • Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth and with clean hands, gather the cloth up and squeeze strongly so every bit of possible liquid is drained from the herbs.
  • Allow material to settle overnight and strain again, or decant, through a thin wire filter layered with cheesecloth.
  • Use a funnel to transfer into labelled, Miron Glass Bottles (Available @AncientPurity) and store out of the light.


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